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Baadur Jobava vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015), Tbilisi GEO, rd 7, Feb-22
King Pawn Game: Tayler Opening. Inverted Hanham (C44)  ·  1-0

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Feb-22-15  JosepCmd: Another weird opening and well-played endgame by Jobava.
Feb-22-15  Conrad93: Give me Jobava over boring Anish (Drawish) Giri and Fabiano (One-Hit Wonder) Caruana any day.
Feb-22-15
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  tamar: In the press conference, Jobava said he was tempted had 39...Nd6 occurred to play 40 Qb3 Nxc4 41 Qb7 especially in a time scramble.

Then someone in the audience pointed out that 41 Qb7 would be after the time control.

To his credit Jobava also pointed out he had seen the refutation 41...Ne3+ when he would "probably be losing"

39...Nd6 40 Qb3 Nxc4 41 Rd3! looks about equal, although it is hard to foresee. The knight has not retreats, and the rook covers e3.

Feb-22-15  Conrad93: At least his results are decisive.
Feb-22-15
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  Penguincw: And Jobava wins with an unusual opening.

The funny part is, this isn't even the first time he played this opening:

Repertoire Explorer: Baadur Jobava (white).

Feb-22-15  CHESS LIZARD: Baadur Jobava IS VERY GOOD IN TACTICS BUT LACK SERIOUS UNDERSTANDING OF POSITIONAL EVALUATION .AT LEAST HIS GAMES ARE NOT BORING. BUT SUPER GM ALWAYS EXPOSED HIS POSITIONAL WEAKNESS THAT HAPPEN IN TATASTEEL
Feb-22-15  siggemannen: What is wrong with 42...Nxa7?
Feb-22-15  fgh: <CHESS LIZARD: Baadur Jobava IS VERY GOOD IN TACTICS BUT LACK SERIOUS UNDERSTANDING OF POSITIONAL EVALUATION>

Nonsense. Jobava is very strong positionally. Today he outplayed Dominguez from a worse position and at Tata he got an advantage against Carlsen in spite of playing a dubious opening. Jobava's main problem is overpressing in drawn positions.

Feb-22-15
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  keypusher: <siggemannen: What is wrong with 42...Nxa7?>

I was beating my brains out about that very question while the game was going on. As <tamar> pointed out, 43.Nb6 threatening Nd7-f8+ (after Qd8+) is decisive. But Black's pieces are so discombobulated that he apparently has a lost position after 43.Ne3 also. Very mysterious.

Feb-22-15  Conrad93: How is this line unusual? It's a typical Alapin opening.

This happens quite often.

Feb-22-15  Conrad93: Usually this line leads to nothing more than a draw.
Feb-22-15  LivBlockade: Analysis position after 42...Nxa7; 43. Ne3


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Leinier said in the press conference that he didn't play Nxa7 because of Ne3, and the computers agree. After Ne3, White's threats include:

a) Qd8+ followed by Qb6 attacking two pieces

b) Nf5 (or Qd8+ followed by Nf5). Note that with the Q on d8, Black K on h7 and white N on f5, White will threaten Qf8 attacking g7 and c5 as well as Ne7 with a mate threat on g8. In some lines the Rook comes to d7.

It seems that Black cannot stop the attack with his N on the rim so far from the K, the unprotected R, etc.

Note that Black can't defend with 43...Ra5; 44. Qd8+ picks up the Rook.

It seems that Black's best try is 43...Qe7 to protect his pieces, but then after 44. Nf5 Qc7 White can get a winning endgame after 45. Qd8+ Qxd8; 46. Rxd8+ Kh7; 47. Rd7 Nb5; 48. Rxf7 Kh8; 49. Rxg7 Nd4; 50. Rg6 Nxf5; 51. exf5 Kh7; 52. Kf3 is a fairly forcing line where White is a pawn up and Re6 will soon attack Black's e pawn.

Feb-22-15  Edmontonchessclub: Jobava has scored a very impressive 6/7 with this opening. The Georgian Attack?
Feb-23-15  siggemannen: <keypusher>: thanks, this is why i'll never get any good in chess, Nf5 / Nb6 just kills, but hard to see
Feb-23-15
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  keypusher: <Conrad93: How is this line unusual? It's a typical Alapin opening.

This happens quite often.>

The Alapin is 1.e4 e5 2.Ne2. It's extremely rare, except in collections of minatures won by Black.

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Other than being wrong about the opening and how often it gets played, good post.

Feb-23-15  Conrad93: I was talking about the Alapin Variation in the Sicilian.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3.

It an transpose into this exact position, sometimes without Bc5.

Feb-23-15  N0B0DY: <This happens quite often.>

<N0B0DY> understands why.

Feb-23-15
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  keypusher: <Conrad93: I was talking about the Alapin Variation in the Sicilian. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3.

It an transpose into this exact position, sometimes without Bc5.>

You mean, one of those Sicilians where Black doesn't play ...c5?

Feb-23-15  Shams: That's one for the Memorable Quotes page.
Feb-24-15  Monoceros: Jobava has a fondness for these Hanham Philidor in reverse openings, doesn't he? I've trotted out something like this a couple times, though usually starting with 1. d3. Can't say it's been that great though.

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